Muhammad Ibrahim Rashid Sherkoti

Muhammad Ibrahim Rashid Sherkoti

The writer has a Ph.D. in Biosciences from NUST and is the cofounder of TaleemKahani, an academic blogging website. He is interested in topics related to biotechnology, infectious diseases, science and technology, and entrepreneurship. He tweets @MIR_Sherkoti (twitter.com/MIR_Sherkoti).

How Covid-19 exposed the shortcomings of Pakistan’s scientific community

What was the global and national scientific response? Scientists and countless labs across the globe have been working day and night to explore preventive and therapeutic options to combat coronavirus, and its genome was sequenced in a matter of days. Epidemiologists, microbiologists, clinicians, and experts from many other fields were brought together to work out the mode of transmission and to provide public-safety guidelines. With regards to Pakistan, universities tasked their faculties and students with designing innovative solutions to help the government tackle Covid-19. We have witnessed success in the development of testing kits from a couple of universities, and some smart alternatives were presented in the ...

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